Top 20 toys chosen by Kids this holiday season


Walmart has put together a list of the top 20 toys as voted on by kids this season — check it out and see if it matches what your kids have been asking for!

Thanks to Saving Money Living Smart for compiling this list.

Top 20 Toys Chosen By Kids 2014



So, how’d they do?

Disney Frozen Hide & Hug Olaf just $15.99


Out of stock :( — let me know if you see him come back!


If you missed your chance to snag the Disney Frozen Hide & Hug Olaf before he went out of stock on Amazon, you can now pick him up at Walmart for $15.99 with free shipping! This is like a Frozen-themed Elf on the Shelf, so how fun to lead up to the holidays for your little Frozen fan, lol. This is a pre-order for shipping on 10/28.

(Thanks, Mission to Save)

Reader deals 10/13/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • Krystle noticed: “For those who use Snap App and missed out on the free Huggies wipes. The offers have reset and this time it’s limt 2 per person on 4 different offers/ types of wipes.”


  • On this Coke deal, Cari shares: “I ran out last night and did deal too. Found $1/3 peelies at my store so worked out to $1 per 12 pack!”
  • Diane is wondering: “Does anyone know if this is still working today?”
  • Victoria points out: “It should work through Saturday. Limit of 1 offer, though.” Unless they change it in the system to stop working on just Coke.
  • Abigayle shares: “Still working as of 3pm today. I bought Cherry coke and the woman/cvs employee in line in front of me bought Sprite, both worked.”


  • Victoria shares: “My Jewel (Clark & Division) has the Mama Francesco’s Parmesan BOGO at 2.99. They also have a coupon machine in front of them spitting out 1$/1 jar. I bought 2 and used two of the coupons which made them around 50cents a piece.”

Loyalty programs

  • From shirley: “FYI. Cereal and Milk Bonus from Kellogg’s rewards program. Enter five codes from ANY Kellogg’s® cereals, get 1,000 bonus points. Extra good news – bonus points for this Cereal and Milk offer can be awarded TWICE. Offer ends 11/2/2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST!”
  • To sweeten the CVS deal, LauraL shares: “Starting 10/14, Mycokerewards has double points on diet coke . They have to be entered on the beta site”

Reader requests

  • Shandelle asks: “ALSO is anyone else experiencing issues printing from the iPhone app to wireless HP printers since upgrading to iOS 8? I have an HP wireless 6600 and have printed to it tons and tons of times from both an iPhone 5S and my old iPhone 4. Well Apple stopped supporting the iPhone 4 with iOS 8, so that still has iOS 7 on it. The last couple times I’ve tried printing coupons using the app on my iPhone 5S, it says it can’t locate any printers at all. Nothing has changed about my wifi network nor the printer settings. The app from my iPhone 4 (still running iOS7) can still print just fine. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I tried to contact them to ask but their support leaves much to be desired.. their default answer is often just “your printer must not be supported” when clearly that isn’t the problem. I’ve used both iphones to print to the same printer on the same network tons of times over a year period.”
  • Debbie is wondering: “Our Champaign Walmart doesn’t carry the Reynolds baking cup. Do you know of any other stores that do?” I have bought them at Jewel, but not recently.
  • Sara replies: “I believe Mariano’s carries Reynolds baking cups.”
  • Kristin posts on Facebook: “I know this has come up before, what is the name of the carpet place in Round Lake that people have recommended for area rugs? Thanks!”


  • Maureen reports on TRESemme: “The ad is misleading. The deal only works on the 32 oz. keratin shampoo and conditioner marked at 4.99. The others are part of the spend $40 on select top brands get $10 gift card.”


  • Suzann shares this deal from Katy Couponers: Buy three cans of Bush’s chili beans at Walmart for $.92 each, use three $.55/1 in the 10/12 SS, and get $1.00 back from Ibotta for a net cost of $.12 for three, or just $.04 each. As always, unadvertised Walmart prices can vary by region.

Reader deals 10/9/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • On tee knockoff magic erasers, jackie shares: “I bought the knock off magic erasers. They came from a foreign country and didn’t hold up well at all. I needed to use many of them for one job. They are atleast half the thickness of Mr Clean. With Mr Clean I could use one pad for many jobs.”
  • But Don in Hot Deals likes them: “I really like them and at the price – win win”
  • On using them to wash dishes, Turken shares: “Re: Mr clean erasers — the “magic” erasers are nothing more than a piece of melamine foam, and generally considered safe. No chemicals other than worn-away particles of the foam itself.”
  • But Kari O. is not so sure: “That foam is made with formaldehyde… I wouldn’t want to wash my dishes with it.”
  • But then she found: “‘Here are some facts about the ingredients used in Magic Eraser: The ingredients in Magic Eraser have been safely and commonly used for many years in a wide range of household products. -Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient in Magic Eraser. One ingredient in Magic Eraser (formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer) contains the word “formaldehyde” in its chemical name. However, this ingredient is not formaldehyde and poses no health or safety risks. (Think of this name like “sodium chloride”, which is table salt. Sodium by itself can be dangerous, but sodium chloride – salt – is safe.) Magic Eraser is considered non-toxic. As with any sponge-like product, when swallowed this product may block the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, we do advise to keep this product out of the reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion — it is not a toy. – It is possible that formaldehyde may be present in minute, trace amounts as a result of the manufacturing process. Even then, the amount present is significantly lower than standards established by governmental agencies and trade associations, and is actually less than what is found in indoor air. In fact, no ingredients in Magic Eraser are subject to any health-related labeling laws in North America or in the European Union.’ I don’t think Magic Erasers are dangerous, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable scrubbing it on my dishes.”
  • An idea from Outlander on the Finish tabs: “That same one is on Snap (must buy on Amazon and upload within 2 days). So if you don’t  want to do S&S, you can save $2 this way. I only don’t know if the Amazon Q will still be applied.”
  • She clarifies: “Actually, I don’t mean upload the receipt, you have to email them your Amazon confirmation email.”
  • Matt says: “I used to buy dog food at the Petco, but I saw on Amazon that it’s close to $10 cheaper to have it shipped to my house.”
  • Charlotte agrees: “I’m not Matt, but I get my dogfood from Amazon too. I feel a bit guilty about it, as I’m not supporting local stores. But those 30 lb bags are HEAVY. And IF I manage to get a $ off coupon from Pet Supplies Plus, AND it is on sale, I might get it for the same price as I get it from Amazon. We get Taste of the Wild by the way, and it’s around $44 for a 30 lb bag. Unlike other dogfood brands, our dog hasn’t grown tired from it and she gets two thumbs up on her bi-annual health check ups :)”


  • From jolynn: “If you are a Costco member…San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser 160 OneCup™ for $51.99…free shipping…$.325 per cup!!”


  • From letsshop’s email: “We’re opening our doors in Romeoville, at 1360 W. Airport Road, on Thursday, October 9! With fresh inventory and new product, be sure to stop by our newest location for AMAZING deals! “
  • Anne adds: “Romeoville Goodwill opened today. Cashier there said Frankfort grand opening is tomorrow.”

J.C. Penney

  • Matt reports: “It’s a good time for clearance shopping on summer items right now. I found some deals recently at JC Penney. $30 items were $5 and some items were even priced lower than that.”


  • A find from rocket: “I think the twizzlers are 4 for $8 at jewel . Not pictured in ad but I think they were tagged that way.”
  • A report from bigmoney: “Got alert for Progresso soup cat at Jewel.”
  • Something to look for from Jane: “Did you see the other varieties of Marzetti besides the old fashioned one? I found some others on an end down by the bananas in my store. They also have Light, Peanut Butter and Sweet n Salty for the same price! We ate the Light one (isn’t diet!) last week and this week I picked up a PB and Sweet n Salty one. My husband likes the PB and we have yet to open the other one. I have a feeling I’m going to like the last one and eat too much of it. I try to avoid the caramel apples already made because sometimes the apple is mushy or bruised. I chop up a bunch of peanuts and dip your caramel sliced apple in the nuts! It’s awesome.”


  • VB shares: “For AT&T wireless customers: here is the link to see if you are entitled to a refund from a class action lawsuit that goes back to 2009. People were charged fees that were “hidden” in their bill. If you fill out the claim they will do the work for you to see if you are entitled a refund. It will take a while to get the refund but if you were charged $9.99 a month since 2009 it may be worth the time.”


  • A tip from Cindy: “Don’t forget to check your mperks rewards.  I have a $6 off when I spend $40 or more on paper, laundry, and cleaning items.”
  • Anne found: “The 10/$10 with 11th free facial tissue deal overlaps with the Meijer napkin/bath tissue/facial tissue Catalina running 10/5-10/24 where you buy $6, get $1.50 OYNO, buy $10, get $3 OYNO. The tissue counts are 75-160, so makes for a nice deal – 11 boxes for $7 net.” This also will count toward the reward Cindy mentions!

Reader requests

  • Charlotte posts on Facebook: “Does anyone have any experience with the Allrecipe menu planner? I need a meal plan for my brain to function so we can have dinner on the table.”
  • From seachicago: “I live in Chicago (south side), and am wondering if it’s cost-effective (and tastier!) to buy a cow direct from a farmer—as in, already cut up and packaged ready for the freezer! I have no idea how to go about looking into that; any ideas or suggestions???”


  • Jane says: “Or if you don’t want to deal with a gift card, I was at Target Sunday and their “Boots and Barkley” brand of litter was only $10.99 (reg. price) for the  35 lb. giant tub of clumping litter plus there was a Cartwheel for 10% off, making it only $9.90. I’m not sure if that offer is still valid, but it was a good deal for that size I thought. Plus you don’t have to pay all that extra high tax since you use no coupons and the Target Cartwheel takes the price paid down a bit!”

Trader Joe’s

  • A find from bigmoney: “Mini pumpkins were $.69 at Trader Joe’s today. “


Walmart deals week of 10/5/14


Here are a few Walmart deals for the week of 10/5/14.

  • Great Value 12 oz steamable corn, $.98.
  • Green Giant boxed veggies, $1.00.
  • Chicken breast tenderloins, $2.98/lb.
  • Manwich, $1.00. Print $1.00/4 here.
  • Honeycrisp apples, $2.47/lb.
  • Simply OJ, $3.00.
  • Select Pepsi 12 packs, $3.00. If it includes Sierra Mist, print $1.00/1 here.
  • Campbell’s chunky soup, $1.50. Use $1.00/3 in the 10/5 SS.
  • Tombstone Halloween pizza, $3.00.
  • 30 double roll Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong, $11.97. Use $.25/1 in the 9/28 PG.
  • 12 mega roll Bounty (= 20 regular roll), $15.97. Use $.25/1 in the 9/28 PG.
  • 2 lb organic Gala apples, $3.97.
  • Whole fryer chickens, $.99/lb.
  • Sunbelt granola bars, $2.00. $1.00/2 in the 9/7 SS1. $1.00 back on two on SavingStar. $1.00 back on one on Ibotta.
  • 7.5 oz Halloween liquid softsoap, $.98.
  • Suave professionals shampoo or conditioner, $2.50. Use $1.50/1 in the 9/28 RP.
  • Halls bonus 40 ct cough drops, $1.47. Use $1.00/2 in the 10/5 RP.
  • Bayer low dose aspirin, $2.17. Use $1.00/1 in the 9/14 RP.
  • Always discreet underwear, liners, pads, $4.84. Coupons in the 9/28 PG and on